By: Dan Jolley
Illustrator: David Witt
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: April 2010
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: March 4, 2010
Hanging out in a park trying to catch bugs and butterflies wasn't high on the list of things kids like to do, but when Miss Fitch, the substitute teacher, decided the class would be doing just that for an afternoon ... well, let's just say there was not much choice. All of a sudden yellow and green meteors began to stream through the cloud cover, over the city skyline and into the park. Miss Fitch's face, surprisingly alarmed for a sub, became contorted and she began to yell, "Get out of the way! Run! Move it!" The kids began to run, scattering quickly as the meteors crashed to the ground. "AIEEEEEE!"
Two meteors, one yellow, the other green, have landed side-by-side trapping you. Voices of your classmates are all around you, but there is no time to waste. Choices are going to have to be made in order to escape. Will you "climb over the green crystal or tackle the yellow crystal?" Your twisted journey is solely dependent on choices you make, good, bad and indifferent, but, dear reader, you will not know until you start to turn those pages. You could become the Kolossal Kid, become lunch for "hundreds of huge black rats," find yourself idolized as the World' Biggest Hero, or end up becoming chief cook and bottle washer for the Sarfongians. The choice is yours or is it? You'll soon find out when you open the pages to this book!
The twisted journeys in this book will mesmerize the young adventurer with their exciting, seat clutching, gut wrenching adventures. This is the type of book that can keep youngsters busy for long periods of time going back and forth choosing their own "fate" in its pages. I like this type of book where no two readers have exactly the same experience. A few times I found the conclusion of a story not exactly to my liking and went back like a time traveler and changed it. I didn't mind becoming a cook, but the rats were not to my liking. The artwork, a blend between the graphic novel and individual page illustrations, made this work exciting, alive and very dramatic.
Quill says: If you've got a youngster who craves adventure, this series is one you might want to add to your list!